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‘Venom’ Almost Opened On an Entire Planet of Symbiotes!

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Spoilers, as we look back as Columbia Pictures’ Venom, which opens with a ship crashing to Earth.  On it are several symbiotes that we later learn were plucked from a passing comet. A planet of symbiotes, if you will. Unlike in the comics, the feature film adaptation gives each symbiote its own personality; Venom is an alien known as Venom and Riot is the same. Initially, the screenplay had opened on said comet, although director Ruben Fleischer felt it would be more entertaining left to the imagination and leaving things more mysterious.

“The beginning of the movie was a hard one. Like, how much do we want to tell the backstory?,” he explained to Cinemablend.

“There was a version [of the opening] where there was a planet crawling with tons of symbiotes that were collected and taken back to Earth by the Life Foundation.

“They had encountered them. But it kind of felt like, my instinct was it would be better to keep it more mysterious and just know that they’ve retrieved something from space. We don’t know exactly by what means or how. Jenny [Slate]‘s character later says they encountered it on a comet that was passing, and they retrieved these samples and brought it back to Earth. But yeah, I thought it was better just leave it a little bit mysterious, the backstory of the aliens.”

Venom producer Matt Tolmach confirmed they even worked on some concept art for the symbiote planet:

“We toyed with some artwork that we loved. … We toyed with it.

“But we wanted the movie — it’s out there. It’s part of our mythology. It’s part of our backstory, Klyntar and where this all came from and who knows what’s next. But, it made sense to, in this movie, to let the origin of those things kind of unravel in the storytelling is as opposed to going [to that planet].”

Who knows, maybe we’ll see this planet in a future film now that a sequel is all but happening. Still, I like the idea that Carnage (Woody Harrelson) is some sort of symbiote offshoot and not an existing alien entity as explained in the opening paragraph. You?

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